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Activities and Events 2008

Technical Meeting

Joint Chapter of Communications, Information Theory, and Signal Processing Societies Seminar

Title: Optical Wireless Research at the University of Warwick
Speaker: Professor Roger Green, The University of Warwick
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2008
Location: McMaster University ITB/AB105
Time: 11:30 am


Roger J. Green, who is a member of the ICT Research Centre in Engineering, leads an active research group concerned with photonic systems and signal processing. He holds patents which have been responsible for two University spin-off companies : Shibden Limited and Optical Antenna Solutions. He is a member of the Architecture Council of the Infrared Data Association (IrDA), a member of the Engineering Professors Council, and a member of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

This talk is open to all those who are interested. It is a marvellous opportunity to hear about optical wireless and free-space optics from a great researcher in the area.

For more information contact Steve Hranilovic hranilovic@mail.ece.mcmaster.ca

Technical Meeting

Hamilton & KW Sections Life Members
NEW Energy Sources

Open to members and guests.

Tom East will introduce this subject which he has studied and documented. We can then have discussion on the subject and interchange ideas. Reference: Ian Rowe’s, 17/10/2007, e-mail on ENERGY to attendees of LM Oct.’07 meeting

The lunch will be held on:
Wednesday 2008-October-22, at 12:00 Noon
Dundas Valley Golf & Curling Club
10 Woodley's Lane, Dundas, Ontario
Cost: $12.00
(Map sketch is included in the meeting notice)

This presentation will review various ideas including Energy Pathways report prepared by the Canadian Academy of Engineers which is available for download at
Ron Potts will report on the IEEE Conference in Quebec City and Dave Hepburn will update us on his project on IEEE Hamilton Section History.

Please RSVP by 2008-Oct-17, contact IEEE Hamilton Life Member Chapter
Frank Barnard at

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Technical Meeting

IEEE Distinguished Lecture
Design of RF CMOS Integrated Circuits

Open to members and guests.

On Monday June 23, at 4pm, IEEE Hamilton Section will be presenting Dr. Georg Boeck of the Berlin University of Technology, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer speaking on the topic of Design of RF CMOS Integrated Circuits for Wireless Communication. This lecture is open to all, IEEE member or otherwise, and should be especially interesting to anyone working in integrated circuits and communications.

The lecture will be held on:
Monday 2008-June-23, at 4pm
at McMaster University, Information Technology Building (ITB) room A113
1280 Main St. West, Hamilton

This presentation will review RF-CMOS technologies, RF-architectures and re-configurability principles as well as circuit and system design aspects for mobile terminals.
Dr. Boeck is a professor at the Berlin University of Technology, where he is also the head of the Microwave Engineering Lab. His main areas of research are characterization, modeling and design of microwave semiconductor devices, MICs, and MMICs up to the 100 GHz range.

For more information, contact
IEEE Hamilton Section Chair Chris Maryan at

Social Event

Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament 2008-June-07. Open to members and guests.

The IEEE Hamilton Section is pleased to invite you to the Second Annual Golf Tournament. Tee off times will be assigned the week before the tournament. The format for the day will be best ball, so every team has an opportunity to win bragging rights for winning this prestigious tournament.

Date: Saturday 2008-Jun-07
Time: 1:00 PM (Tee times to be confirmed)
Location: Chedoke Martin Golf Club is located at:
563 Aberdeen Avenue
Hamilton, Ontario Canada, L8P 2S8
Pro Shop: (905) 546-3116
Cost: $70.00 (includes 18 holes of golf, cart and dinner)
Limit: 36

Reserve your spot by 2008-May-21
Contact Blair at
or Robert rplaschka@rhptechserve.com

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Non-IEEE Event

ANSYS Seminar On Simulation Tools In The Electronics Sector

Date: Friday 2008-May-09
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Toronto, ON
Cost: None
Who should attend:
Users of ANSYS software who are interested in new capabilities and physics.
Others interested in learning about product offerings from ANSYS Solutions for the Electronics Industry.

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ANSYS message in a web page.

ANSYS Solutions for the Electronics Industry

ANSYS, Inc. provides the electronics industry with a comprehensive suite of simulation tools covering structural, thermal, CFD, electromagnetics and acoustics simulation. This free seminar will introduce analysts and designers to the depth of capabilities and the breadth of industry and physics applications in the product portfolio from ANSYS.

For more information or to register contact:
Andrew E. Krucker
National Account Manager, Ansys Canada Ltd.
554 Parkside Drive
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 5Z4
Email: Andrew.Krucker@ansys.com
Phone: 519-772-2809
Fax: 519-886-7580


CCECE 2008

Topic: 21st Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering
Date: Sunday 2008-May-04 to Wednesday 2008-May-07
Location: Sheraton Fallsview, Niagara Falls

For more information see www.ccece08.org


IEEE Significant Milestone

Speaker: Mr. Chris Maryan and Mr. Ron Potts
Topic: Placing the Plaque for the Bell Milestone
Date: Saturday 2008-May-04
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Old Telegraph Office,Paris, ON
Cost: None
Limit: International representatives and press invited, a few spots left for members

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Courtesy of the Life Members

Non-IEEE Event

Toronto/Markham Eptech Regional Show

Speaker: N/A
Topic: EPTECH is the only series of coast-to-coast national electronics shows in Canada. The series is sponsored by EP&T, Canada's largest professional electronics trade publication, and is produced by LVP Media Inc., a leading technology-information provider.
Date: April 17, 2008
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Le Parc, 8432 Leslie Street, Thornhill, ON
Cost: None

Non-IEEE Event

30th Annual Bell Canada Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Waguih Ishak, Corning Inc.
Topic: The Digital Society of the 21st Century
Date: Wednesday 2008-March-26
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Information Technology Building (ITB) - Room AB102
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON
Cost: None (but paid parking at McMaster)

For info from McMaster try vespi@mcmaster.ca
Non-IEEE Event


Instrumentation & Process Technology Exhibition & Conference

Speaker: Michel Ruel of TOP Control Inc.
Topic: Process Control & Profitability
Date: Tuesday 2008-March-18
Keynote Speaker: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Exhibition: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Road West
Burlington, ON
Cost: None

More Information: Download the information flyer covering EXPO 2008 PDF File Format (160 KB)
Non-IEEE Event

24th Annual J.W. Hodgins Lecture

Speaker: Mr. Howard Shearer (B.Eng, McMaster), President and CEO, Hitachi Canada Ltd
Topic: The Nuclear Renaissance
Concerns over climate change, increasing energy demand, and our dependency on overseas supplies of fossil fuels support the case for nuclear power. Increased public awareness of the effects of global warming and climate change has led decision makers, the public, and media to understand that the use of fossil fuels must be reduced and replaced by low-emission sources of energy, such as nuclear power. Increasing fossil fuel prices have greatly improved the economics of nuclear power for electricity. In addition, as carbon emissions reductions are encouraged through various forms of government incentives, the economic benefits of nuclear power will increase further.
In the last several years there has been much discussion about a nuclear revival or "renaissance". Today, nuclear energy is back on the policy agendas of many countries, with projections for new power reactors to be build around the world.
Date: Wednesday 2008-March-12
Time: 7:00 pm
Information Technology Building (ITB) - Room 137
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON
Cost: None (but paid parking at McMaster)

For more information contact Terry Milson at 905.525.9140 ext. 27391 or milsont@mcmaster.ca
Social Event

Annual Dinner Evening

Annual Dinner Evening at the Old Mill
Date: Saturday 2008-February-09
Time: 6:00 PM&Reception (cash bar)
7:00 PM&Dinner
Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Yaser Haddara
Topic: Understanding in the Blink of an Eye
The Ancaster Old Mill, 548 Old Dundas Road, Ancaster, Ontario
Restaurant details - https://www.ancasteroldmill.com
Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members Guests
Limit: 50
RSVP by 2008-Jan-31 to Jim Kozlowski at
Mail cheque to 503 Dorland Road, Oakville, ON L6J 6A9
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IEEE Significant Milestone

Speaker: Mr. Ron Potts
Topic: Bell Milestone
(Revealing the difficulties of getting IEEE to recognize that Alexander Graham Bell actually made a telephone call in Canada)
Date: Thursday 2008-Jan-10
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ArcelorMittal (Dofasco) Main Office
Conference Room E.
1330 Burlington Street (at Ottawa Street),
Hamilton, ON L8N 3J5
Cost: None (Parking is free)
Limit: Everyone Welcome

Please join us for a presentation on the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Historical Milestone. This presentation will first focus in on Bell’s achievement that took place in Branford in 1876. Thanks to some hard work by the Hamilton Section Life Members, the IEEE has decided to place a commemorative plaque at this site outlining this Historical Achievement.
Ron Potts will be presenting the research that the Life Members did to achieve this Milestone. Mr. Potts who is the Region 7 Life Member Chair will also bring us up to date on the Banting Pacemaker Milestone which the Toronto Section has under development.
Along with the updates and background on these two important Milestones, Ron will also be discussing the Ontario Power Niagara Tunnel Project. He will be able to give details of the route this tunnel is taking, what machines are being used to excavate and overall progress of this project.
The presentation will take place at the ArcelorMittal Main Office, formally the Dofasco Main Office, Conference Room E. Parking is free.
For additional information contact Blair Maccuish blair.maccuish@arcelormittal.com
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Annual General Meeting

Multiple Target Tracking for Maritime Surveillance

Speaker: Dr. Zhen (Jack) Ding, Defense Scientist – Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa
Topic: Multiple Target Tracking and Data Fusion Techniques for Integrated Maritime Surveillance
(Reminisces and photos from a working vacation with CESO)
Date: Thursday 2007-November-29
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Speaker at 7:00 pm)
Information Technology Building (ITB) - Room A113
McMaster University
1280 Main St. W.
Hamilton, ON
Cost: None (but paid parking at McMaster)
Limit: Everyone Welcome

Technical Meeting

Joint Chapter of Communications, Information Theory, and Signal Processing Societies Inaugural Event

Joint Chapter of Communications, Information Theory, and Signal Processing Societies Inaugural Event

Date: Tuesday 2007-Nov-19
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Subject: "Cognitive Radio: Fundamental Issues and Research Challenges"
Speaker: Prof. Simon Haykin, University Professor, McMaster University
Location: Room - ITB/A113, McMaster University
Cost: None
Limit: none

6:30pm - 7:00pm: Refreshments and Introductions.
7:00pm - 8:00pm: The talk.

(For further details, please contact Chapter chair Dr. Steve Hranilovic at hranilovic@mcmaster.ca)

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Membership Benefits

Upgrade to Senior Member Status Night

Meeting: Thursday 2007-Nov-08 in Burlington at 8:00 PM

Have you ever considered upgrading to IEEE Senior Member status? It is free.The requirements for elevated status are:
1. 10 years since graduation, or equivalent,
2. 5 years of significant engineering performance,
3. Reference letters from Senior Member or Fellow grade IEEE members.
The two problems usually encountered are:
1. Getting discouraged by the paperwork,
2. Finding Senior Members to act as references.

The IEEE Hamilton Section frequently hosts meetings which eliminate the two problems. You bring a resume showing five years engineering experience (an old one will do, if you don't keep an up-to-date one in your desk drawer or are retired) and the section will bring the forms and the Senior Members to act as references.

Date: Held On Request
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 or 9:00 PM (depends how much talking we do about the good old days)
Location: To be determined

Pop, coffee and cookies provided.

To request a night, or volunteer to host one, please contact
Technical Meeting

Joint Chapter of Communications, Information Theory, and Signal Processing Societies

When: 08 November 2007 at 12:30pm
Where: Room - ITB/A113, McMaster University
Subject: Is SP BP?
Speaker: Prof. Yongyi Mao, University of Ottawa

For further details, see 20071108.htm
(For further details, please contact Chapter chair Dr. Steve Hranilovic at hranilovic@mcmaster.ca)

The Development of Leadership Skills

A Workshop on The Development of Leadership Skills

Date: Saturday 2007-Sept-29
Time: 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Speaker: Dr. Ray Findlay, P.Eng., FIEEE, FEIC
Location: Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, Ontario
Cost: (light lunch included)
$150.00 (Non-member)
$100.00 (IEEE Member)
Limit: 60
Special: Payment required in advance.

RSVP to Jim Kozlowski at
Mail cheque to 503 Dorland Road, Oakville, ON L6J 6A9

Background Information:

This workshop will prepare participants in interpersonal, group, team and leadership skills. The format for the workshop is through interactive participation, using several exercises and case studies.
The skills developed are ideal for application in management or leadership positions in various types of organizations, including business, industry or volunteer activities. This seminar was originally developed for those getting started in management in industry and has expanded to include a variety of aspects of leadership training.

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About Dr. Ray Findlay:
Ray Findlay is a professor emeritus at McMaster University, where he taught electrical machines at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He is the former Director of the Engineering and Management program at McMaster. For the past several years, Ray has also taught a course on communication skills, including interpersonal, group and team skills, conflict resolution and technical writing.
Dr. Findlay has worked within the IEEE for over 40 years: founding the New Brunswick Section in 1970, serving as IEEE Canada President and as IEEE President in 2002.

Technical Meeting

Algorithms to Interpolate Single and Multiple Frame Image Data

Date: Wednesday 2007-Sept-12
Time: 5:00 PM
Speaker: Xiangjun Zhang (Maggie)
Location: McMaster University
Information Technology Building (ITB) - Room: A113B
1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON
Cost: none (paid parking on campus)
Limit: Everyone welcome

Due to physical limitation and/or cost effectiveness of image sensors, the resolution of digital images is often below the ideal level in many applications. In these situations image interpolation is a useful tool to reconstruct a high resolution (HR) image from the captured low resolution (LR) image(s). This talk will present new algorithms from Multimedia Signal Processing Lab at McMaster University for both single and multiple frame interpolation. For single image interpolation, the talk will focus on a new algorithm based on piecewise 2D autoregressive model. The model parameters and the missing pixels are estimated jointly. This task is formulated as nonlinear optimization problem. Although computationally demanding, the new technique produces superior results than current methods in both PSNR and subjective visual quality. Moreover, the non-linear optimization problem can be approximated by breaking into two sub-problems of linear least-squares estimation, which is fast and effective. For multiple frames interpolation, an algorithm based on a fast motion estimation technique is presented. Two stages of the algorithm, namely, motion estimation and HR reconstruction, rely on an area-based interpolation scheme that involves intersecting two pixel grids in arbitrary orientation, displacement, and scaling. A fast approximate solution is developed. Also, gradient descent algorithm is used for fast convergence of the motion estimation algorithm. Experimental results demonstrate the good performance of the proposed algorithm as well its robustness to noise.

Speaker Bio:
Xiangjun Zhang is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University. She completed the M.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University in China and the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Xian Jiaotong University in China. Her research interests are in image/video processing.

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For more information please contact Sathyan saji@grads.ece.mcmaster.ca.

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